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Maven's Morning Coffee: representation on Board of Supervisors, legalizing street vendors, funding for earthquake maps

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Today is Friday, Nov. 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

KPCC's AirTalk looks at whether the Board of Supervisors should add an additional seat to better represent the county's Latino constituents. Supervisor Gloria Molina is one of the guests.

A Los Angeles Times editorial considers the legalization of street vendors. "New York, Chicago, San Francisco — all regulate and permit street vendors. It's time for L.A.'s laws to catch up with L.A.'s culture," according to the piece.

Which Way, LA? looks at why social workers are suing Los Angeles County over their caseloads. Guests include Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the head of the Department of Children and Family Services.

KPCC examines how a lack of funding has prevented geologists from mapping earthquake faults. "In the last 10 years we probably produced a map or two per year. At this rate it will take us 300 years to (map the remaining 300 faults)," says State Geologist John Parrish.

Writer Joe Matthews says LAX is the city's signature public space, in a piece for Zocalo. "But it’s also possible that LAX will remain pretty much the same scuzzy place, and no one will much mind. As Randy Newman sang of the 'bum down on his knees' in his half-celebratory, half-ironic anthem of Los Angeles, we love it. We love LAX," Matthews writes.

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